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Aug
Tue - 8 - 2017

SEVEN ROTARY CLUBS, BANK M LAUNCHES ROTARY DAR MARATHON EVENT

Seven Rotary Clubs of Dar es Salaam in partnership with Bank M have officially launched the 9th edition Rotary Dar Marathon (RDM) event. The annual athletic fundraising event will take place on Nyerere Day 14th of October at the Green grounds in Dar es Salaam.

“We are happy to launch and sign the MOU with Bank M as our Main Partner. I am even more excited to announce new activities planned for our participants this year. For the first time ever we are going to have a full marathon of 42.2 kms at this year’s event. We are also increasing the distance for cyclists from 21.1 kms to 42.2 kms. The 9kms walk will increase by 1 km to 10kms and only the 5km walk remains the same.” the Rotary Dar Marathon 2017 Chairperson Catherinerose Barretto said.

The Rotary Dar Marathon event besides focusing on the primary goal of raising funds to support various causes to improve the quality of life in our communities is also geared towards creating the best experience for participants during the event. Each year Rotary Dar Marathon takes steps to ensure the event is well executed so that all participants who are professional athletes and the amateurs enjoy the experience and can use it as a standard for their athletic accomplishments.

“Each year we aim to produce a better event and include more exciting activities for our participants. Two years ago we introduced cycling and an automated system to record time for the athletes running the half marathon and cyclists.

This year we have embarked on a full marathon and we would like to assure our supporters that we are working diligently to ensure we minimize all inconveniences before and during the event. We will continue to share updates on all changes that we will be making as the team continues finalizing plans for this year.” continued Baretto.

This year. Rotary Dar Marathon is raising funds to support the Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation (CCBRT) social enterprise project which aims to expand revenues to be able to support subsidized care in the Disability Hospital by constructing a larger clinic. All funds amassed by the Rotary Dar Marathon activities will be used to complete construction of this clinic and also support the equipping and outfitting of the facility.

Bank M’s CEO Jacqueline Woiso commented that Bank M is committed to support the community based projects and has been able to achieve this through working together with Rotary since the introduction of the Marathon in 2009.

“We have been insisting that it is our policy to work together with other reputable organizations in making a difference to the needy communities of this land. We sincerely believe that together we will eventually make this a great success by building the healthcare facility at CCBRT which will service a larger part of the local community, we believe that investing in human health is a direct support to life improvement hence the economic growth in general.” she said.

Since 2009. Rotary Dar Marathon has raised over Tshs 3 billion which has implemented various projects in Dar es Salaam, including a tree planting initiative, provision of dean drinking water for schools, building of a state of the art oncology pediatric ward at Muhimbili hospital, created a fully equipped and modern entrepreneurship center for the University of Dar es Salaam Business School.

Speaking on the plan of Rotarians supporting quality health care. Rotary Dar Marathon Board Chair Sharmila Bhatt said “For the last two years we have been raising funds with the aim of supporting the

health sector and finally we have found a worthy project to support. We are pleased to be part of this initiative by CCBRT which aims at ensuring more people receive affordable high quality disability care.”

Aug
Tue - 8 - 2017

ROTARY DAR MARATHON KUFANYIKA KWA MARA YA TISA

Klabu saba za Rotary za Dar es salaam kwa kushirikiana na Benki M jana zimezindua mbio na matembezi ya Rotary Dar Marathon ambapo kwa mwaka huu yanafanyika kwa mara ya tisa mfululizo toka kuanzishwa kwake. Matembezi hayo yanayofanyika kila mwaka yatafanyika siku ya kumbukumbu ya kifo cha mwalimu Nyerere katika viwanja vya greens, Oystebay jijini Dar es salaam.

Akizungumza katika mkutano na waandishi wa habari hapo jana jijini,Mwenyekiti wa kamati ya maadalizi ya Rotary Dar Marathon Bi. Catherinerose Barretto alisema “tunayo furaha kuzindua na kusaini mkataba wa kushirikiana na Benki M kama mdhamini mkuu katika matembezi ya mwaka huu.

Kuna mambo mapya yameongezeka katika ushiriki wa matembezi mwaka huu, kwa mara ya kwanza tutakuwa na marathon iliyokamilika ya km 42.2, pia tutaongeza urefu wa mzunguko kwa waendesha baiskeli kutoka km 21.1 kufikia km 42.2. Matembezi ya km 9 mwaka huu yatarefushwa kufikia km 10, matembezi ya km 5 tu ndio yatabaki kama yalivyo

Mbio na matembezi ya rotary Dar Marathon pamoja na kuwa na lengo la kuchangisha fedha kwa ajili ya shughuli mbalimabali za kijamii, pia yamekuwa yakiboreshwa kila mwaka na kuvutia washiriki wengi wakiwemo wa kimataifa.

“kila mwaka tumekuwa tukiongeza vivutio katika matembezi haya. Mwaka huu tutakuwa na marathon nzima tofauti na miaka iliyopita ambapo illikuwa ni nusu marathon”, aliendelea Barretto Mwaka huu, mbio na matembezi hayo yatalenga katika kuchangisha fedha kwa ajili ya ujenzi wa kituo cha afya katika hospitali ya CCBRT ambayo huhudumia wananchi wenye matatizo mbalimbali ya ulemavu ili kuwezesha hospitali hiyo kutoa huduma kwa wananchi wengi zaidi.

Akiongelea mipango ya wanachama wa Rotary katika kuwezesha huduma bora za afya, mwenyekiti wa bodi ya Rotary Dar Marathon Bi. Sharmila Bhatt amesema  kuwa kwa kipindi cha miaka miwili mfululizo wamekuwa wakichangisha fedha kwa ajili ya kusaidia sekta ya afya na hatimaye wamefanikiwa kupata mradi ambao una manufaa zaidi kwa jamii hivyo fedha hizo zote zitaelekezwa katika mradi huu. “Tunayo furaha kuwa sehemu ya mradi huu ulioanzishwa na CCBRT wenye lengo la kuongeza huduma zilizo bora kwa watu wenye ulemavu mbalilmbali

Akichangia juu ya ushiriki wa Benki M katika mbio na matembezi haya, mkurugenzi mkuu wa benki hiyo Bi. Jacqueline Woise alisema kuwa wamekuwa wakishiriki katika shughuli mbalimbali maendeleo ya jamii, hivyo wamekuwa wakishirikiana na Rotary katika Rotary Dar marathon toka ilipoanzishwa mwaka 2009.

Aliongeza kuwa “tunasisistiza kuwa ni sera yetu kushirikiana na taasisi mbalimbali zinazoheshimika katika kuleta mageuzi kwa wahitaji hapa nchini, tunaamini kabisa kuwa kwa pamoja tukishirikiana tutafanikisha ujenzi wa kituo hiki cha afya hapo CCBRT. Hii ina maana kubwa sana kwetu kuiona sekta ya afya katika jamii yetu inapewa kipaumbele, tunaamini kuwa kuweka nguvu zaidi katika sekta ya afya ni msaada wa moja kwa moja kwa jamiii ukuaji wa uchumi kwa ujumla”.

Tangu mwaka 2009 ilipoanzishwa, Rotary Dar Marathon kushirikiana na Benki M imefanikisha miradi mbalimbali ikiwemo upandaji wa miti, utoaji wa huduma ya maji safi na maji taka mashuleni pamoja na ujenzi wa wodi ya kansa ya watoto katika hospitali ya taifa ya muhimbili, wodi hii ni moja kati ya wodi bora kabisa za magonjwa ya kansa ya watoto hapa Afrika na pia mradi wa kujenga upya kituo cha kisasa cha kunifunzia katika maktaba ya

Jun
Tue - 13 - 2017

ROTARY AND CCBRT IN PARTNERSHIP FOR A NEW CLINIC

17th May 2017, Dar es Salaam: Rotary Tanzania has today signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation (CCBRT) where by Rotary is pledging funds to support the construction of CCBRT’s new clinic to provide appointment based, private eye, orthopaedic and ear, nose and throat (ENT), physiotherapy as well as imaging services.

Rotary Dar Marathon in Partnership with Bank M will support CCBRT by contributing funds amounting to USD 1.5M over a period of 2017-2019. The grant is in in support of CCBRT’s social enterprise project, which aims to expand revenues to be able to support subsidised care in the Disability Hospital. Funds will be used to complete construction of the Clinic, which will open in February 2018, and support the equipping and outfitting of the facility.

Speaking on this new initiative of Rotarians providing communities with quality heath care facilities, Rotary Dar Marathon Board Chair Sharmila Bhatt said “We are very pleased to support an institution like CCBRT providing high quality care to patients and especially in the area of disability. Part of this investment will be raised locally through Rotary Dar Marathon in partnership with Bank M while other funds will be obtained through our Rotary Foundation.”

Bank M CEO Jacquiline Woisso said “

Erwin Telemans, CCBRT’s CEO, commented on the new partnership with enthusiasm. “We’re lucky to have Rotary as a partner in this exciting endeavour,” he said. “We hope more partners will see the opportunity in supporting CCBRT’s growth as a social enterprise.”

Rotary always aspires to serve the community by investing in areas where the most good can be achieved and through this project CCBRT will be able to continue offering affordable disability care to more people who cannot afford to pay for services from profits attained through the new private clinic.

The Rotary Dar Marathon Chairperson 2017 Catherinerose Barretto said “On behalf of the presidents of the seven clubs of Rotary in Dar es Salaam which are the organizers of the Rotary Dar Marathon each year, I would like to take this opportunity to share our excitement on this project and we hope all our other supporters individuals and companies alike will continue to support the marathon so that we can achieve this very ambitious and significant goal.”

About Rotary – Service Above Self

Rotary is a volunteer organization of 1.2 million business and professional leaders united worldwide to provide humanitarian service and help build goodwill and peace. About 32,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas conduct projects to address today’s challenges such as illiteracy, disease, hunger, poverty, lack of clean water, and environmental concerns — while encouraging high ethical standards in all vocations.

Rotary in Tanzania

There are 36 active Rotary Clubs in Tanzania, seven of which are based in Dar es Salaam which are Rotary Club of Dar es Salaam, Rotary Club of Bahari Dar es Salaam, Rotary Club of Oysterbay Dar es Salaam, Rotary Club of Dar es Salaam North, Rotary Club of Dar es Salaam Mzizima , Rotary Club of Mikocheni and Rotary club of Mlimani.

About CCBRT

Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation in Tanzania (CCBRT) is a locally registered nongovernmental organisation established in 1994. From its inception as a provider of Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR), CCBRT has grown to become the largest provider of disability and rehabilitation services in the country. Immediate impact is achieved through the provision of services and capacity building and a wider long term impact is seen through the strengthening of referral systems, health education and the inclusion of disability into mainstream services. CCBRT is comprised of a well-established disability hospital in Dar es Salaam, community programmes in and around Dar es Salaam and Moshi, a training unit and an advocacy unit.

In a public-private partnership with the Government of Tanzania, CCBRT is also in the process of establishing the CCBRT Maternity and Newborn Hospital which will be a referral hospital for high risk cases in the region. Together the Maternity and Newborn Hospital and the existing Disability Hospital form the Super Specialist Hospital for the Eastern Zone of Tanzania. CCBRT’s vision is a Tanzania where people have access to quality disability services as well as safe maternal and newborn healthcare.

Oct
Wed - 19 - 2016

Rotary Dar Marathon 2016 Winners

Sep
Tue - 27 - 2016

Run with Alphonse Felix Simbu!

Catch Tanzania’s Alphonce Felix Simbu (recently finished 5th at the Rio Olympics in 2016) at the Rotary Dar Marathon!

Sep
Mon - 19 - 2016

IPTL Contributes to the Rotary Dar Marathon

Earlier today, Execute Assistant Rajeev Bhesania and Finance Manager Ekta Karsanji from IPTL a subsidiary Pan African Power Solutions hand over their contribution to the Fundraising Chair of the Rotary Dar Marathon Rtn. Alfred Woiso and Rtn. Nadine Atallah! Thank you so much for your support!

Aug
Tue - 23 - 2016

Shree Jain Sangh donates to the Rotary Dar Marathon fifth time in a row

The Shree Jain Sangh Community Chairman Mr.Jayprakash Doshi and Head of the Aan Daan Committee (Service Projects) Mr.Akash Shah hand over a cheque for the Rotary Dar Marathon 2016 worth Tsh 3,000,000 to Catherinerose Barretto Vice Chair of the Rotary Dar Marathon.

In addition, the Shree Jain Sangh Community have mobilized 100 participants – making it their 5th time in a row in joining hands with Rotary Dar Marathon.

Aug
Mon - 22 - 2016

ROTARY AND BANK M LAUNCH THE 2016 ROTARY DAR MARATHON

Rotary Dar Marathon turns eight this year and Bank M Tanzania for eight year in a row has once again joined hands to become the main partner of the Rotary Dar Marathon 2016 which will be held Monday 14th of October 2016 -Nyerere day. The iconic Marathon is organized by seven Rotary Clubs in Dar es Salaam in partnership with Bank M.

The famous Marathon in the city of Dar es Salaam will be graced by His Excellency former President Ali Hassan Mwinyi.

The Marathon theme stands to be “Healing Lives, Transforming Communities” whereby the marathon proceeds will be towards construction of a Rotary teaching hospital in Dar es salaam.

Speaking to the press in Dar es Salaam yesterday on the preparations for the Marathon, the organizing committee chair Ms. Agnes Batengas said the committee is well prepared and all arrangements are going well and they are expecting to make it a memorable sporting and family event. She added that RDM is aimed at collecting funds to overcome several community challenges, as in this year we are proceeding with the last year’s project which is building of a teaching hospital. The hospital will be built at the University of Dar es salaam, Mlimani area. About TZS 1bil was raised during last year’s Marathon and this year more collections are expected.

Ms. Batengas said this year’s event is expected to attract over 15,000 participants and as usual it will include the 5km family walk, 9km walk and a 21.1km which is the Marathon itself as well as cycling. All the races will start and end at the Green, Oysterbay.

Commenting on the Bank M’s participation in the Marathon as the main partner, the bank’s CEO (Designate) Ms. Jacqueline Woiso said that the bank is always dedicated to supporting the sustainable community based projects and it has been working together with Rotary in this noble cause since inception of the Marathon in 2009.

She added, “It is our policy to work together with other reputed organizations in making a difference to the needy communities of this land.  We sincerely believe that together we will make this a great success by building state of the art healthcare facility in Dar es salaam. This means a lot to us – seeing that our community health is taken care of” avowed Woiso.

For the past 8 years, the Rotary Dar Marathon in partnership with Bank M has conducted several projects including planting of trees, providing water and sanitation facilities to schools and the project was setting up a state of the art Children Cancer ward at the Muhimbili National Hospital. The ward, which is one of the best Pediatric Oncology facility in the African continent, also the newly refurbished and well equipped Rotary Entrepreneurship Centre at the University of Dar es Salaam.